Archive for October, 2009
October 1, 2009 – The Italian rail car manufacture AnsaldoBreda is moving forward with plans to construct a light-rail car assembly facility on a 14-acre site near the corner of Santa Fe Avenue and 15th street. The factory will provide rail cars to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and will create nearly 1000 construction jobs. The advancement of this project is welcome news to Los Angeles contractors who are struggling to survive these difficult economic times.
City officials are optimistic that the new AnsaldoBreda facility could employ close to 650 people and bring over $350 million of economic activity to the Los Angeles metro region. Inglewood contractors as well as Alhambra contractors are anxious to fill the many subcontracting positions available on the construction project. The construction of the $70 million plant is expected begin in the summer of 2010.
October 1, 2009 – In a newly enacted policy, the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority is developing goals for minimum levels of local contractor participation on its upcoming $1 billion upgrade project for Terminal 2. In order to be considered local by the agency, a contracting firm would have had to have created a local office at least six months before bid date. This effort towards localism is expected to be very well received by San Diego contractors.
Though approximately 84 percent of last year’s $56 million in airport projects went to local contractors, the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority will make a concerted effort to build upon this trend. Chula Vista contractors as well as El Cajon contractors should take measures to capitalize on the agency’s efforts. The Authority also has several initiatives which try to encourage the employment of small local contractors.
October 5th, 2009 – The $24 million Temecula water park project is full steam ahead, with the $6.7 million city-owned land purchased and over 700 local contractors competing for subcontracting positions on the project. The park, which is to be located on the corner of Dendy Parkway and Diaz road, has been 10 years in the making. Temecula contractors are fiercely pursuing the steady income that the enormous construction endeavor will produce.
The park plans call for more than 750 trees, two restaurants, lockers, and snack bars. Murrieta contractors as well as Fallbrook contractors are also vying for the subcontracting positions. Clearwater Waterpark Development expects to begin grading the site this week, with hopes of being ready for the coming summer.
October 6, 2009 – A 30,000 square-foot, $14 million youth center is on track to be built in Ashland, California. Utilizing stimulus grants for funding, the two-story complex will be constructed on the former site of Holland Oil on 14th Street. Hayward contractors are very excited about the opportunity to bid on this large, community enhancement project.
The Ashland Youth Center, which will likely be named the Jack Holland Sr. Park, may begin construction as soon as January, with hopes that the two acre development will be concluded in 2012. The Center will include a skate park, gym, soccer field, and track. Ashland contractors as well as San Leandro contractors will also be competing for subcontracting spots on the project.
October 6, 2009 – Environmental studies are about to be released, and, pending approval, could make way for the $409 million Calaveras Dam retrofit project east of the city of Milpitas. The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission project is expected to save thousands of lives in the event of a disaster, and also save many endangered steelhead trout. Hundreds of Milpitas contractors await the chance to bid for subcontracting positions on this large construction undertaking.
Presently, due to concerns about the stability of the 1920’s-era Calaveras Dam, the Calaveras Reservoir is only filled to 40% capacity. This low volume is greatly effecting the local water availability amidst the present California drought. Fremont contractors and Santa Clara contractors are also excited about the opportunity of pursuing sub-contracting positions on the 210-foot high dam project.
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